Inland Armyworm
S6: Male, profile, ~18mm
Inland Armyworm (Persectania dyscrita)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Owlet moth (:Noctuoidea Noctuidae Noctuinae)
Species: Inland Armyworm (Persectania dyscrita)
This Photo:     S5: Male, dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Nearly identical to P. ewingii, except here in the middle of the forewing there are two pale ellipses that are separated. With P. ewingii they form into one shape (often described as a dagger).
Differences between the genders is difficult. Females have black dash lines on their body and are slightly larger (23mm to 18mm for the males). Males have plain bodies, their antennae filaments are slightly longer, but not hugely so and are smaller.
We found 4 females and 2 males between Sept & Dec.

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.